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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Blood test offers new hope to people with depression
The test would avoid the ‘years of trial and error’ that

currently characterise diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.​​

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How To Increase An Existing VA Disability Rating %

Citation Nr: 1821530   DOCKET NO. 14-24 246

38 U.S.C. § 1151 is VA's medical malpractice statute, which compensates claimants who suffer "qualifying additional disability"

as a result of surgical, or other medical, treatment administered by VA. Such benefits are to be awarded in the same manner

as if the "additional disability ... were service-connected." See 38 U.S.C. § 1151(a); see also Roberson v. Shinseki, 607 F.3d 809,

813 (Fed. Cir. 2010). The current provisions of 38 U.S.C. § 1151 make clear that compensation may only be awarded for a

"qualifying additional disability" that was proximately caused by carelessness, negligence, lack of proper skill, error in judgment,

or similar instance of fault on the part of VA in furnishing treatment, or by an event not reasonably foreseeable.

Veterans Disability Appeals Lawyer

Citation Nr: 21051744   DOCKET NO. 12-23 618​​
Increased Ratings VA's schedular percentage ratings are based on the average impairment of earning capacity as a result

of service-connected disability. 38 U.S.C. § 1155; 38 C.F.R. § 4.1. If two disability evaluations are potentially applicable, the higher evaluation will be assigned if the disability picture more nearly approximates the criteria for that rating; otherwise, the lower

rating will be assigned. 38 C.F.R. § 4.7. All reasonable doubt will be resolved in favor of the claimant. 38 C.F.R. § 4.3.

A Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating reflects the rated condition in the approximate moment in time when the rating decision was made. Ratings in 10% increments reflect the severity of a disabling condition on an increasing scale from 0% to 100%.  There are ratings above and beyond the standard 100% rating and those are reserved for the most acutely injured or ill veterans. It's accepted that over time a given disabling condition may become worse or more disabling and an upward adjustment to the rating should be considered. There are a few common sense steps to performing what is essentially a new application for a benefit...this one being an increase. To be sure you're eligible and can prove your claim, have a look at  The Schedule For Rating Disabilities  The Schedule is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that your current rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know. Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. ​If there are civilian medical records, you have to gather those for yourself. Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records. ​It's time to file the claim.Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want. Provide supporting evidence. I think that it's a good idea to go ahead and  have an IMO done . File your  Intent To File A Claim  form and have an IMO done to provide when you finally get around to filing the claim for an increase. If you take the time to do a thorough job of crossing t's and dotting i's after you've filed your Intent to File form, an increase is a pretty sure thing. You have to go in with all the evidence you need though...do not depend on VA to help! If you're sure, go for it. If you aren't sure, you have some more work to do.

Let's file a VA claim right now 

Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 

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You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
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How to file a VA disability claim


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38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online


'Smells Like Gasoline'

Military Families in Hawaii Say They Are Being Sickened by Their Tap Water

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue

The often debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be common among COVID-19 long-haulers.

Thomas J. Seiter, M.D. ​
Independent Medical Opinions - DBQs - Medical Records Reviews​
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What is a veteran? What is a protected veteran?
U.S. veterans are those who have served on active duty in the United States Armed forces

( Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, to the Coast Guard).

Medicare Premiums 2022: How much will you pay for Part B coverage?
The standard premium will have an increase of 14.5%

Veterans Lawyer Doctor

Veterans Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

AND then there are the

Three Great Lies.

I've updated those just a bit.

1: The check is in the mail.

2: Of course I'll respect you in the morning darling.

3: Hello. I'm here from the VA and I'm going to help you.

​​​Alabama

Drug Overdose and Suicide Among Veteran Enrollees in the VHA

​The rate of opioid use disorder among patients in the Veterans Health Administration

(VHA) is 7 times higher than that of non-VHA enrollees.


NEHMER - Implementing Court Order

Awards Under the Nehmer Court Orders for Disability or Death Caused by a

Condition Presumptively Associated With Herbicide Exposure

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

It's  Your  VA - Deal With It!​​

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired.

You quit when the gorilla is tired.

Robert Straus

Vaccines work, Pentagon says, as surge in troop COVID deaths comes to a halt

​After a months-long surge that saw COVID-19 deaths among service members nearly triple,

there haven’t been any reported in the past two weeks

When You've Hit A Dead End

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ​White House Hotline

​855 - 948 - 2311    <Denis.McDonough@va.gov​>

​Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House.​ Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...

a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can. Don't rant. ​​

You will get a reply.

After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies,

top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking
“We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week,” Dr. Sarah Unterman,

chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the “horrific and disturbing” situation.

VA has the second-worst COVID vaccination rate among all federal agencies

Department officials did not provide information on specifics of how many

unvaccinated individuals work in health care or jobs involving direct contact with veterans.

C&P

Exams

SSDI - TDIU

How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

Get Some Hometown Help!

These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Dr. Orange

The Secret Nemesis of Sick Vets
For decades, the military and

the VA have repeatedly turned

to one man to guide decisions

on whether Agent Orange harmed

vets in Vietnam and elsewhere.

 His reliable answer: No.

Veterans Psychologist Nexus Letters
Stateside Legal Help For Veterans

Jim Strickland

jim912@gmail.com

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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

​​Not every veteran is automatically entitled to medical care from the VA.

Veterans must meet basic eligibility requirements for enrollment.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire, or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

Nexus Letters and

Independent Medical Opinions

Increase Your 

Opportunity To Prevail

Omaha woman sentenced to time served for threatening VA Hospital employees
Investigators say Tina Hardin told

medical staff she wanted to "shoot up the VA."

Disability benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family

​​Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates
Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service — no matter when or where they served — may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

José Narosky

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

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Scholz v. United States, No. 20-2163 (7th Cir. 2021)

​Scholz has two lawsuits pending against the government under the

Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 2671–2680.

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

Disabled Vietnam veteran Eugene Brice finds service to country doesn’t shield him from racism

Eugene L. Brice survived the Vietnam War, the 1968 Tet Offensive and 29 years in the U.S. Army,

but he is struggling to emotionally survive a recent trip to the grocery store.

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Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

We'll guide you to valuable resources you as you file a claim and when needed, we'll connect you to professional, board certified consultation.

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C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

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guide and it's your only chance

to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room.

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

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Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims.